Update: 22.01.2019

International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) - Implementation in Switzerland

Adopted on 20 November 1989
Entry into force on 2 September 1990
Ratified by 194 States (as at 2 June 2014; current count)

For Switzerland:
RS 0.107 (AS 1989 2053)
Signed on 1 May 1991
Ratified on 24 February 1997
Entry into force on 26 March 1997
Dispatch of 29 June 1994: BBl  1994 V 1 (in German) / FF 1994 V 1 (in French)

About the Convention

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Reservations

Upon ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child , Switzerland made seven reservations regarding five articles, of which four were withdrawn.

Optional Protocols

Optional Protocols of 2000

Switzerland ratified the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict as well as the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

Optional Protocol of 2011

Switzerland ratified the Optional Protocol of 2011 on 24 April 2017. The Protocol extends the Convention with a communications procedure that enables individuals to report violations of the rights guaranteed by the Convention to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

    Reports by Switzerland 

    Contact

    • Contact person at the Federal Administration:
      Federal Social Insurance Office, Mr Ludwig Gärtner, Vice Director, Head of Families, Generations and Society division, Tel. +41 58 462 90 76, E-mail
    • Contact person NGO:
      Child Rights Network Switzerland
      , coordination office: Rahel Wartenweiler
      c/o polsan AG, Effingerstrasse 2, 3011 Bern, Tel. +41 31 301 92 74, E-mail

    Monitoring

    The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its State parties, according to art. 43. It also monitors implementation of two optional protocols to the Convention, on involvement of children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. The Third Optional Protocol of 2011 gives the Committee the power to consider individual complaints.

    Obligations by the State

    States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially two years after acceding to the Convention and then every five years. The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of «concluding observations».

      The Protocol extends the Convention with a communications procedure that enables individuals to report violations of the rights guaranteed by the Convention to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

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